Praise of marijuana Michigan: Dispensations, carers who affect them

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Detroit Free Press

Among the concerns of minority businesses being left out and with general frustration with the pace at which Michigan is moving forward medical and recreational marijuana, a group of organizations with marijuana business interests are preparing expected legislation t make significant changes to the way the market operates.

Their proposal – which will require a tough climb in the Statute because a number of changes would require a majority vote – would make the “attraction” illegal; basic change to make the system 'caregiver'; which has been in place since 2008 when voters left marijuana for medical use; reimpose the 3 percent excise tax on medical marijuana which ended on March 6; medical dispensaries allow marijuana to start marijuana to be sold immediately for adult recreational use; require persons who grow their own mariners to register any heavy equipment they use with their local community, and allow unlicensed payments to continue to operate through the year end.

“We don't want to go about how recreation works,” said Eric Foster, a Banks & Company consultant in Southfield, who has a number of marijuana business clients. “We are just trying to accelerate the market and address some of the concerns of local government.” T

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Besides Banks & Company, the groups involved in the development of bills are the Minorities based in Florida for Medical Medicine; Cannas Capital, a Muskegon insurance and investment agency focusing on cannabis affairs; Michigan Economic Stimulus Fund, Kalamazoo-based cannabis consulting firm and New Newgogo County chapter NAACP.

Applicants for marijuana business licenses are frustrated due to the speed and inconsistency of activity undertaken by the Marijuana Medical Licensing system. Since the state began granting a license last summer, only 121 licenses have been granted. Of these licenses 105 – 31 growers, 11 processors, 54 dispensaries, four testing laboratories and 5 carriers have paid their state regulatory assessments and have been granted licenses. 41 license applications were refused by the state, along with 125 applications seeking prior approval.

Minority groups are concerned that they will be left out of the profitable market. The state does not keep statistics on the demographics of people who have been refused licenses or licenses, but many marijuana firms based in Detroit have been refused licenses.

The organizations in the legislature have one potential sponsor and are looking for others.

Representative Ronnie Peterson, D-Ypsilanti, met with the group and is interested in sponsoring a number of aspects of the project, but commented that there are other areas that need to be addressed that are not included in the initial plan.

“How do these communities benefit from these taxes? And there is still no legislation that deals with banking and community reinvestment programs, "he said, referring to the fact that the marijuana business is almost all done in cash, because the federal government still considers it an illegal substance. marijuana and banks do not want to license their risk by taking receipts from pot sales.

Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, was involved in the development and campaign for the November ballot project that allowed voters to make legal marijuana for adult recreational use. He does not consider that there are many opportunities in legislation in the Legislature. Firstly, votes would largely require a number of votes from both House of the House and Seanad as the bills would change voter-approved proposals, including the removal of the current system. caretaker from the 2008 medical ballot project and the abolition of the "gifting" services arising from the passing of the proposal on legal weeds last year.

And secondly, he said, the changes have been swept too soon.

“Proposal 1 was a great success for citizens,” said Irwin. “I think we have a duty on the citizens to let it work and see how it works before we start talking about changing it.”

It also questions the causes of those who are pushing the legislation.

“There is a certain group of people and people from the state who have done their work and already invested in the cannabis industry who want the Legislature to make a small walled garden so that they can make a lot of money from Michigan consumers,” he said. “Whenever you have the Legislature and want to immerse industry for a small group of people, I'm very dangerous.” T

A number of law-makers attempted to change the law on marijuana litigation after the election, by growing marketing at home, but the measure was never well supported and never voted.

Medical medical carers would leave

The biggest change is the deletion of the caregiver system, which was created after a 2008 vote to make medical marijuana lawful and allows all registered carers to grow up to 72 plants for six medical card holders. The proposal would remove this category in favor of transitional licenses which are less expensive for operations that grow smaller marijuana, and could open up the market to more minority business owners.

In Michigan, there are more than 293,000 marijuana medical card holders and 41,440 registered carers. Carers are selling excessively to dispensers, but after 31 March, carers will only be able to sell their overweight orders to licensed growers and processors.

Peterson said it would be beneficial to allow carers to switch easily to the licensed market without having the same regulatory costs – a $ 6,000 state application fee, a $ 10,000 regulatory assessment and the ability to show $ 250,000 in assets. “These small shops should be able to compete with some form of entry level license because they have to show $ 250,000 or half a million in assets that are not fair.

However, Irwin said that the November ballot proposal had already created another class of license for "micro-enterprises," which do not have the same large costs.

This proposal would require a vote as it changes the 2008 ballot proposal for medical marijuana.

The proposed legislation would allow unlicensed payers awaiting a license from the state to operate at all times by the end of 2019. But these distributions, which have a variety of deadlines before obtaining or closing a license, are going into operation. tough fight now. Deadline 31st March.

3 per cent of excise tax would be revived

Foster stated that the 3 per cent excise tax on medical markets should be reinstated as an incentive for communities to allow legal law firms in their homes as some of these revenues would come back to communities. The language to achieve the tax in the 2016 laws of the Comptroller who regularized and taxed a medical virgin and specified that the excise tax on medical marijuana had lapsed had been made lawful for recreational purposes. Medical marijuana is still subject to 6 percent sales tax of the state. When recreational marijuana is available commercially for sale early next year, it will have a 10 per cent excise tax, plus the 6 per cent sales tax.

Irwin said that it will be a hard sale to convince lawmakers to resume tax on those who use medical marijuana.

The gift would be eliminated; marijuana

In an effort to reduce the black market for marketers, the proposed package would “gifting” illegal marijuana. Under the November ballot proposal, people can grow up to 12 plants for personal use. They can take that product away, but not sell it. As a result, services are “gifting”, which skirts a letter of law, has gone up around Michigan as one can pay $ 55 or more for muffin and some juice or T-shirt and gram of marijuana. or vape cartridge as a gift.

This Statute will also require a vote as it changes the provision of the November ballot proposal.

Recreational marijuana sales would start immediately

The state has until December to come up with the rules and regulations governing the recreational recreation market and then accept license applications for marijuana businesses.

However, under the legislation being drafted, medical payers could immediately start selling marijuana recreation to people aged 21 and over, even before the state develops the regulations, Foster said.

There may be problems for the state. In other states where legal marijuana is legal, there are different standards and doses for medical and recreational soldiers. These standards have not yet been developed for the recreational market in Michigan.

Concerning safety, Peterson said that he favors another provision in the proposed package that would require domestic growers to register any heavy equipment they use to grow marijuana with their local community.

“Especially in urban cities, you could have five or six people growing in one block,” he said. “I'm very worried about that.”

Foster stated that it is expected that the bills will be drafted and introduced in the next few weeks when sponsors have been identified.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is awaiting and considering the recommendations.

"We understand and assess input offered by all stakeholders," said David Harns, spokesman for LARA. "If the proposal is introduced into the legislative system, we will look closely at that time."

Kathleen Gray covers the marijuana industry for the Detroit Free Press. Contact her: 313-223-4430, kgray99@freepress.com or on Twitter @michpoligal.

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